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What'd you buy yourself today?

By Matthew
Apr 25, 2012
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  1. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +279

    I finally bought myself something today! Got myself a Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 DAC with upgraded OpAmps for the headphones my fam got me for Father's Day. Now I'm eyeing that Logitech G27 kit...
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  2. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 637   +117

    Welllllll.... I recently purchased this:
    http://reviews.cnet.com/keyboards/logitech-wireless-solar-keyboard/4505-3134_7-34530100.html

    My previous keyboard was one of those flexible, rubbery ones and you had to bang on it to get anything done. Had that one for about 3 years so this was def an upgrade. I was kind of skeptical about the solar power aspect. Sounded kind of gimmicky but it actually works well and it is super nice not to have to change batteries. Also it is super thin which I love. I don't care for the bulky ergonomic keyboards out there. I would recommend this keyboard to anyone looking for a new one if you're looking for something not cheap but not super nice either.
     
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +279

    I want one of those - you've gotta let me know how it is Ranger.
     
  4. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 637   +117

    I use it with my desktop which is used for just about everything, games, TV, movies, schoolwork, music, etc. The thin design (8.5 millimeters) makes it very portable. I'm very careful with it though. It feels solid but at the same time I doubt it could take much abuse-if your accident prone or just abuse your electronics then it's probably not for you. Its got little rubber pads to keep it stable on a desk and has two kickstands to prop it up.

    Now for the coolest part--Logitech has an application you can get from their site that allows you to see in real time how many lux the solar panels are exposed to. Yes, it's a proper scientific instrument haha. It charges fine in the room I have it in that is lighted by just two compact fluorescent with a cover. Supposedly it can last up to three months on a single charge or longer if you turn it off after use. We'll see in the coming months if that's true or not.

    The keys are much like a laptop keyboard. It takes just slight pressure to press a key and the distance they move is very short. I am used to having to mash the keys on my previous keyboard so I have been pressing a lot of keys accidentally with this new one.

    I can't really think of any cons at the moment other than paying 80 bucks for the thing. For me that's a lot of money on a keyboard because I don't typically spend that much on keyboards (my last one was 15 and lasted me several years). Hopefully this one will last me a while as well..

    oh and one last thing-all between the keys is very shiny/glossy. In my opinion it looks great but if you're obsessive/compulsive about fingerprints on things then you'll probably spend most of your time cleaning the thing as its shows fingerprints pretty well. Luckily for me, I enjoy the shininess but don't really care if my fingerprints are all over it.
     
  5. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 637   +117

    While I am taking the time to talk way too much about a keyboard, does anybody know or have heard of a wireless keyboard that has a headphone jack in it. It would be really nice to plug in my headphones and sit back on my futon and blast some music while I work on school stuff without annoying others who may be around.
     
  6. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 375   +64

    I got this a few weeks ago to replace my aging Dell. It's an HP Elitebook 2540p with an Intel Core i7 L640 CPU running on 4 GBs of RAM.

    I'm not a big fan of laptops or notebooks. I use them for work and that's it. This one was relatively inexpensive, but it does what it's supposed to do. I guess I got my money's worth. :) I lug it around to meetings and whatnot. It's pretty lightweight and has stood up to the punishment caused by my clumsiness thus far. photo2.JPG
     
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +279

    LOL - I noticed the 4:3 ratio. Didn't realize they were still making laptops like that. Should be plenty fast for work stuff and meetings.
     
  8. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 375   +64

    Yeah, I'm rather on the small side at 5'5 and 105 lbs, so size, weight and dimensions were important considerations. This one slips right into my bag with lots of room to spare, although I do start to feel the tug of its weight after a few hours. There are better notebooks out there, but -- wow! -- those things are expensive. :eek: Would much rather spend that kind of money on my gaming machine. ;)
     
  9. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 808   +51

    A humble request, Dawn - when will you stop making me drool?! :(

    Heh-heh, but trust me, it's better you don't splurge on those expensive ones, else you and your brother will soon be living on corn flakes. :p
    Actually, I'd recommend you spend that on guitar lessons - your gaming rig is good for another 3.9 years.

    I'm still eyeing that Camaro mum promised...Give. Me. My. License! :mad:

    I'm buy a Radeon HD 5550 GDDR5 tomorrow (by the time anyone reads this, it'll probably be another 12 hours, so technically today :p), with a netbook coming in sometime later for campus-and-studies stuff.
    I'm currently still considering a good one. Criteria is as follows-
    Hey, hey, wait! That is a topic, for another thread. ;)
     
  10. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +279

    If you ever come home from surgery and you're still a bit high off the goodies they gave you, don't get on the computer:
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    I don't even have anything to cut or sand. Anyway, this showed up on my doorstep today.
     
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  11. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,075   +84 Staff Member

    LOL You going to return it?
     
     
  12. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +279

    Nah - I've always wanted one and I guess in my drug induced haze I acted upon it. Now I just have to find something to do with it. I just hope it was the only thing I bought.
     
  13. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,274   +152

    Uber case mod! :p

    Maybe you drug dialed some led strips too :)
     
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    I didn't do it today, but I got it in the mail today. HD DVDs!

    Children of Men
    Pitch Black
    Pan's Labyrinth
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    V for Vendetta
    The Departed
    Batman Begins
    Stardust

    Less than $30 including shipping. Bad news is, only 2 of those are combo disks, so if my Toshiba HD-A2 dies, I'm screwed.
     
  15. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +279

    If it dies then you can send all your movies to me - I still have an A2 as well as an SDH7000 for backup.
     
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    Heh. I'd try to find one on ebay first though. I have several 'gems' in my collection. Perhaps most universally loved is Planet Earth. But I also have the matrix trilogy, the bourne trilogy, blazing saddles, and 4 or 5 others I'm forgetting right now (they are upstairs, I'm downstairs).

    Edit: Serenity, Transformers, Oceans 13, Discovery Atlas Brazil, Constantine...
     
  17. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +279

    I also have most of the HD-DVDs you've mentioned - though I'm missing the wonderful Blazing Saddles.
     
  18. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 637   +117

    Well thanks to the Steam sale I now have:
    Anno 2070
    Alan Wake+American Nightmare
    Half-Life 2+Episode 1 and 2

    So far Anno 2070 is my favorite probably because I've thoroughly enjoyed all the previous Anno games. They seem to get better with each release which is a rare thing for games these days.
    Not really enjoying Half-Life 2. I know that's heresy but really I don't care for the puzzle aspect and so far it's lacking in story or anything to keep my interest although maybe that will change.
    I havent gotten to Alan Wake yet but the videos I've seen look very good and I am hoping it turns out as creepy as it sounds. I've been looking for years for a game that has the same creepy feel and engrossing atmosphere that the earlier Resident Evil games had. So far, no dice.
     
  19. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 375   +64

    I finally got this today to replace the one mounted on my Strat. I can't upload an actual photo as I've sent the guitar and the tremolo assembly to the shop. Should have it back in a day or two.

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    I wanted something as close to the original as possible. I really hated that I had to replace a part on Mr. Black. I love that guitar and it sounds and feels exactly the way it should. This new tremolo assembly will take some getting used to, though I rarely ever use the whammy bar.

    I know what you mean, Ranger 12. The first RE game was seriously creepy. I remember playing that game while alone in my parents' house in the dead of night some years back. I kept pausing to look over my shoulder -- even getting up to check the house and convince myself I was really alone. I was drinking a lot of coffee, too, so I was extremely jumpy. :D I don't know why, but it was those parts of that game that had no music track in the background that scared the hell out of me.
     
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    I bought a new bike saddle and a spare tube.
     
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +279

    Time to upgrade my daughter's computer
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  22. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 637   +117

    Hopefully Ill be upgrading my computer in a couple weeks. It wont be much of an upgrade but anything helps atm. I'm on a college student budget so it's not going to be anything impressive.
     
  23. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +279

    Here's something scary. I decided I'd put on my big boy pants and go ahead with wire tucking and clean up before ever powering on the machine. As far as I've ever seen this is a sure-fire way to jinx your build and have some problem that requires breaking everything down again - but it worked on the first shot. I had even put the machine physically in place and cleaned external wires (mouse, kb, monitor, etc) before powering up. After doing this upgrade I went ahead and upgraded my younger daughter's computer also and that too went without a hitch. Now I keep looking over my shoulder for my luck to run out.
     
  24. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 808   +51

    @LNCPapa is it alive now though? :D
     
  25. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    Yeah LNCPapa, you will pay for that bit of good luck in time.. I bet 95% of the time I try to do a hardware upgrade, or build from scratch, anything like that, if I put it together and close the case, it will not work.
     


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